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Sweelinck: Keyboard Works Vol 2 / Robert Woolley


Release Date: 03/31/2009 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 758   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Robert Woolley
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Very few, if any, composers have so strongly influenced the development of keyboard music in Europe as Girolamo Frescobaldi and Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck. Their music found wide dissemination and they were much sought after as teachers. Through their pupils they had a lasting influence on composing for the keyboard which extended as far as Johann Sebastian Bach. Frescobaldi has been given much wider attention than his Dutch contemporary. In 2002 the latter's complete oeuvre for keyboard was recorded for the first time.

Sweelinck did not compose music only for keyboard. He published four books with polyphonic settings of the Psalms on the melodies of the Genevan psalter. A collection with Latin motets, called Cantiones
Read more sacrae, was printed in 1619. Moreover he wrote chansons, madrigals and canons. Last year (2010) the Gesualdo Consort Amsterdam finished its project of recording all of Sweelinck's vocal music, under the title 'The Sweelinck monument'.

But Sweelinck will always be first associated with the keyboard, and that was already the case in his own time. In particular in Germany his reputation as an organist was such that young keyboard players went to Amsterdam to study with Sweelinck, or were sent to him by their employers. Nicknames like 'Orpheus of Amsterdam' and 'the German organist maker' bear witness to the high esteem in which he was held. The Chandos disc is the second Robert Woolley has devoted to Sweelinck's keyboard music. On his first disc he played the organ. I don't know whether a complete recording is planned, but with these two discs one gets a very good impression of the Sweelinck’s art. In this second volume Robert Woolley plays two instruments. The first is a claviorganum: an organ with a harpsichord on top of it. This instrument is a copy of a claviorganum built by Lodewijk Theewes in 1579. It’s currently preserved in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Woolley only plays the harpsichord of this claviorganum. The second instrument is a copy of a pair of virginals built by the famous Flemish keyboard builder Ioannes Ruckers in 1611. This is a so-called muselar, a typically Flemish form of virginals with the keyboard placed off-centre to the right.

I have much enjoyed the performances by Robert Woolley who plays at a consistently high level and seems to have grasped the character of Sweelinck's music quite well. The fiery performance of the brilliant Toccata 9. toni which opens the programme sets the tone. I prefer his harpsichord in this oeuvre, and the alternation between the harpsichord and the very beautiful virginals only enhances the attraction of this disc."

-- Johan van Veen, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Toccata noni toni, SwWV 297/L 16 by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Robert Woolley (Virginal), Robert Woolley (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
2.
Est-ce Mars by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Robert Woolley (Virginal), Robert Woolley (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Netherlands (Holland 
3.
Pavana Lachrimae by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Robert Woolley (Virginal), Robert Woolley (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Netherlands (Holland 
4.
More palatino by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Robert Woolley (Harpsichord), Robert Woolley (Virginal)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Netherlands (Holland 
5.
Toccata for Keyboard C 2, SwWV 283/L 20 by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Robert Woolley (Virginal), Robert Woolley (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
6.
Variations (7) on Vluchtige Nimph by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Robert Woolley (Harpsichord), Robert Woolley (Virginal)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Netherlands (Holland 
7.
Toccata primi toni D 2, SwWV 286/L 15 by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Robert Woolley (Virginal), Robert Woolley (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
8.
Mein junges Leben hat ein End by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Robert Woolley (Harpsichord), Robert Woolley (Virginal)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Netherlands (Holland 
9.
Toccata à 3 voci G 2, SwWV 289/L 23 by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Robert Woolley (Virginal), Robert Woolley (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
10.
Pavana Philippi by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Robert Woolley (Virginal), Robert Woolley (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Netherlands (Holland 
11.
Toccata secundi toni G 1, SwWV 292/L 21 by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Robert Woolley (Harpsichord), Robert Woolley (Virginal)
Period: Renaissance 
12.
Engelsche fortuyn by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Robert Woolley (Virginal), Robert Woolley (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Netherlands (Holland 
13.
Onder een linde groen "Unter der Linden grüne" by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Robert Woolley (Virginal), Robert Woolley (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Netherlands (Holland 
14.
Fantasia chromatica by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Robert Woolley (Harpsichord), Robert Woolley (Virginal)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Netherlands (Holland 

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